Homeowners are being advised to be on their guard amid concerns thieves are once again targeting the thefts of copper pipes and cyclinders, writes Liam Cosgrove.
It comes after burglars broke into two vacant houses in Longford town over the past week, both of which had their copper water cylinders removed.
The break-ins occurred in the Gleann Riada estate, just off the Athlone Road while both properties were unoccupied.
Gardaí are linking the two incidents due to their proximity and because of the identical modus operandi used to gain access to each property.
On both occasions a rear window was either prised open or smashed.
Perhaps somewhat unusually, a copper cylinder was taken from one of the houses while in the second, the cylinder was left at the scene.
Gardaí, in the meantime, have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone who may have noticed anything untoward between January 8 and Monday (January 15) to come forward.
Separately, gardaí are also investinging the circumstances behind three further break-ins and thefts over the weekend.
Among them is an alleged burglary which was reported at Longford Medical Park, Ballyminion sometime between January 7 and last Friday (January 12).
It's unclear at this stage whether anything was taken in the raid despite damage being reported to an interior door, fuse box and the building's fire alarm system.
There was damage reported to a business premises in the Grafton Court area of town at around 5:10am last Sunday (January 14).
Gardaí are satisfied nothing, on this occasion, was taken and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.
Detectives are similarly keen to track down the culprits behind the theft of six beer kegs from a licenced premises in Moydow during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The incident, at Kearney's of Curraghmore, Moydow, took place at approximately 5:38am.
Gardaí are especially keen to track down a silver Ford Focus car which was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident.
It's hoped CCTV footage taken from the scene could throw up vital clues as part of the investigation.
Anyone with information in relation to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.